Here’s where you can view Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
FREE Holiday Tree Lighting
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 3, 4:30pm
WHERE: Fort Greene Park, Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park, Fort Greene
WHAT: Join this holiday tree lighting at Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park. Stop by for free warm beverages and snacks provided by local businesses, gather with your neighbors, and take a picture with Santa Claus.
WANT TO GO? 347-559-5142. fortgreenepark.org.
FREE 6th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7pm
WHERE: Owl's Head Park, 67th Street and Colonial Road, Bay Ridge
WHAT: Owl's Head Park's 6th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by the Owl's Head Park Horticulture Group with Senator Marty Golden will take place in front of the park house located across from Bliss Terrace and 68th Street. Hot cocoa will be provided by Bay Ridge Manor and cookies by Senator Marty Golden. Christmas chorals will be sung by the Guild for Exceptional Children Choir and Santa will give out gifts to the kids.
WANT TO GO? 718-748-9522. facebook.com/owlsheadvolunteers.
FREE Annual Tree Lighting
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 8, 6pm
WHERE: Hendrick L. Lott House, 1940 East 36th Street, Fillmore Ave. and Avenue S, Marine Park
WHAT: Wood pilings still remain more than 360 years after the original foundation of the Gerritsen Mill was first laid down. Explore the area surrounding one of the first water-powered mills in North American and discover its value both past and present. Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city's long history. Historic New York programs highlight the history of selected neighborhoods or parks.
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org.
FREE Tree Lighting Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 25, 6-8pm
WHERE: The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Ave., Glendale
WHAT: Enjoy an annual tree lighting celebration including holiday music, strolling elves, face painters free coffee from Starbucks, cookies and milk for the kids and a special visit from Santa!
WANT TO GO? 718-326-3300. shopatlaspark.com.
FREE Christmas in the Garden and Tree Lighting
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 3, 12-5:30pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
WHAT: Get into the holiday spirit with fun for the whole family! Enjoy live musical performances, photos with Santa (fee required), garden tour, holiday crafts, tree lighting, and blowout sales at QBG Shop.
WANT TO GO? 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.
Christmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 3, 11am-7pm
WHERE: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island
WHAT: Hosted by The Women's Auxiliary of Historic Richmond Town, experience a winter extravaganza that will offer shoppers unique holiday gifts and handmade decorations as they soak in the seasonal festivities. Ornaments, crafts, baked goods, and Mrs. Claus' Attic Treasures will all be available in the Third County Courthouse. The traditional tree lighting at 5pm is free!
WANT TO GO? $5; free for children 6 years and younger. 718-351-1611. historicrichmondtown.org.
Main image: The Rockefeller Center tree lighting draws thousands of spectators each year.